Sunday, March 21, 2010

Family Friendly?

When I originally went to Las Vegas, I fell in love with the whole experience. That was in the mid 1970's. Many casinos since have faded away and many more have risen. However, I still feel present that original feeling even today. I married in Vegas. It's my home away from home. I took my son into the casinos when he was just born. My friends criticized me about taking my son to Vegas with me. I still take him and he is 16. What they miss is that Las Vegas had families before it had casinos and families still exist today. My son has learned a healthy respect towards gambling and Las Vegas. Plus, we are very close.

Having said all that, Las Vegas is anytown USA. People make a town which is also the case with Las Vegas. True, it is a city reliant on gambling revenue. I'm sure there are many people who profess the evils of gambling and why Las Vegas is the perpetrator of that evil. But, there are many good people there and they help make this city great. All one has to do is peruse the local newspaper or T.V. news and see all the great things that are happening.

Back to the travel aspect of my discussion. When I book a room, it is in a casino that has a wide variety of food options. Plus, it has a movie theater, bowling alley and other ways for a young person to be entertained. The important thing to remember is that your children want to have fun and spend a little time with you. So, try to make some time for them while in Vegas. I guarantee it is well worth the effort. Additionally, security is a must and the children must know the rules regarding their behavior within the casinos. Everything in place, everyone, including other guests, will have a good time.

If shopping is an enjoyable activity to your family, there are numerous shopping malls and outlets in the area. Designer fashions, electronics, anything your heart could desire. Of course, this not one of my pastimes, but I know many who like this activity. If thrifting is your thing, you will find many opportunities for this fun. For more info on this, consult my wife's blog of which I am a friend.

Well, my advice was kind of general this time but if you want specifics feel free to leave a question. I'd like to help make your stay in Vegas a great one. And, no I'm not compensated by Las Vegas in any way. However, I could be persuaded. Oh, that feeling I get in Vegas, is great city energy, feeling important and special. Plus, that at any moment, I could become a winner. Anyway, until next time, I wish you and your family happiness and good fortune.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Where to Stay?

From reading my blog, you are aware that I stay at casinos that offer me free nights. But, I'd like to offer some tips on how to choose a place to stay. Several factors must be weighed in making a final choice. For example, does the casino have the games you like to play? If no transportation, is it located in an area where you could safely walk to other casinos? Does the casino offer enough dining choices to suit your needs or desires? Does the casino offer hotel amenities that are important to you? Finally, is it in your financial comfort zone? Now, your factors may be in a different order than mine. However, it is important to consider all these factors.

First, since I like to gamble, it is important for me to have the games that I like to play. There is nothing more disappointing, to me, than having to settle for games that I don't really understand or care to play. So, with a little research, you can easily find out what games are available in any particular casino. Most casino websites list the table and slots games they offer. If not, get a hold of a floor person for slots or table game supervisor. Most are happy to help you in any way possible. Also, contacting the player's club desk can give you relevant information. If gambling is an important part of your Vegas experience, then you must know the territory.

Location, location, location is an important factor to consider. I prefer going to the casinos that cater to the locals. For me, they generally are less tourist oriented and are user friendly. Less tourist mean less crowds and more game availability. Since these casinos tend to be located away from the strip, a vehicle is a must to get to other casinos. If you have never been to Las Vegas, I would encourage you to stay on or close to the strip. But, on subsequent visits, I would veer out to find the best deals. If you do not have access to a car, many casinos offer transportation to their sister casinos or even to the strip. This service was free but most casinos now ask for a small fee. Again, consulting a casino website will usually provide this information. Additionally, many casinos offer shuttles from the airport to their casinos. Currently, this is a free service by most casinos.

Food and room amenities can be deal breakers for some. I like casinos that offer a wide range of food options under one roof, from fine dining to snacks from a snack bar. Since I'm a diabetic, I have to consider whether the food choices are compatible with my dietary needs. The casino websites will always provide offered restaurant choices. If you like or expect certain qualities in a room then that must be explored as well. There are many travel sites online that will provide 3rd party evaluations of any particular casino. I would consult at least 2 to 3 of these sites to make an informed decision. Remember, everyone is different and carry different expectations. Personally, a good bed, tv and clean and quiet room are enough for me. For the best Vegas experience, you must do your homework.

Finally, unless money is no object, the cost of your stay must be considered. For me, this is the last consideration. If you know what you want then you can shop around. If you are on a budget then you can start with cost and try to match as many of your amenities into the price. The whole idea is to get the best experience possible for your money. To be honest, I've stayed in places for $14 a night and had just as much fun as places with $150 a night price tag. I guess if you seek luxury then seek luxury but still shop around and get the best price. Hopefully, these tips will help you get the most for your money. Until next time, I wish you and your families much happiness and good fortune.